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Amazing Choc Facts

  • 17,000 people in Belgium - that’s 1 in every 200 workers - are involved in the making, selling and promotion of chocolate.

  • One chocolate chip provides enough food energy for an adult to walk 150 feet. Therefore, it takes about 35 chocolate chips to walk a mile or 875,000 to get you around the world.

  • It takes the whole of one year’s crop from one tree to make half a kilo of cocoa.

  • USA army rations include 3 x 40g chocolate bars.

  • Terrys of York will produce more than 350 million segments of chocolate orange a year.

  • 66,000 Crème Eggs are made every hour.

  • During the Aztec reign, a slave could be bought for 100 cocoa beans.

  • 1 in 7 15-24 year-olds claim life without chocolate is not worth living.

For chocoholics

  • Joseph Fry of Bristol, England, made the first eating chocolate in 1848.

  • 28,000 Terrys Chocolate Oranges are made from 5 tonnes of chocolate.

  • The biggest chocolate sculpture ever made was a 4,484 lb, 10 foot high Easter egg, constructed in Melbourne, Australia.

  • Chocolate in a blue wrapper won’t sell in Shanghai or Hong Kong, because the Chinese associate blue with death.

  • If the number of Toblerones sold in one year were laid end to end, they would equate to 62,000 Km – equivalent to the circumference of the Earth.

Handmade chocolate

  • The world’s largest box of chocolates weighed in at 2,002 lbs. It was made in Chicago, USA, and contained Frango mints.

  • Africa now produces over 66% of the world’s supply of chocolate.

  • The first cacao trees were found growing in the Amazon river basin and the foothills of the Venezuelan and Colombian Andes.

  • In 1991, a model ship was made out of chocolate in Barcelona, Spain. It measured 42.5 feet x 28 feet x 8 feet.

  • Every year on February 14th, Japanese girls give chocolate hearts to their loved ones. The gesture is copied by the men one month later on “Howaito” white day.

  • In Holland, the feast of St. Nicholas or Santa Claus is celebrated on December 6th. The children put their clogs outside at night so Santa can fill them up with chocolate money.

  • The largest chocolate ever made was a chocolate marzipan. It was made in the Netherlands over a 3-day period and weighed 4,078 lbs!

 
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